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Don’t miss this chance for a fun-filled overnight event where you’ll get an in-depth look at everything available in Illinois 4-H and start your leadership journey. Planned and organized by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, this weekend, overnight conference for 7th and 8th grade 4-H members offers you a chance to explore new 4-H project areas, learn activities and games they can take home to their own 4-H clubs, learn and practice new leadership skills, and meet kids your age from across the state.

What could be better than camping in February! Get all you need to survive the 4-H leadership wilderness at the 2019 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference February 22-234 at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham.


  • Check In: 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Pick Up: by 11:45 AM, Sunday, Feb. 23




Space for the conference is limited to only 100 youth. This event tends to reach capacity before the deadline to register so don’t delay in registering.

Cancellations & Refunds

All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing to the State 4-H Office on the date specified below in order to receive any portion of a refund. Email requests to blue1@illinois.edu

  • Cancellations received by January 18, 2020 will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received between January 19 and February 8, 2020 will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after February 8, 2020. 

Volunteer chaperones

Interested adults (at least 21 years of age) may apply by registering on the JLC online registration (click on link at the right). Chaperones must be current with 4-H volunteer trainings. There is no charge for chaperones since their cost is covered by the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Note that to help keep costs for the conference as low as possible, chaperones will have one roommate, but a preferred roommate (not a youth participant) may be requested.


Open to any Illinois 4-H member in the 7th or 8th grade. Depending upon location of the conference, registration numbers may be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Required Document


Twenty $50 scholarships are available for first-time 4-H member attendees who need financial assistance in order to attend. To apply, print and submit a scholarship application by January 7, 2019. If accepted for a scholarship, members will receive a check following attendance at the event. Download the application HERE. We appreciate the support of the Illinois  4-H Foundation for providing these scholarships.

Contact for More Information:

Illinois 4-H Event Planner
Carla Blue

Event Information

Feb 22, 2020 to Feb 23, 2020
Holiday Inn
101 Trade Center Dr

Registration Deadline: